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PAUL MERTON'S IMPRO CHUMS • REVIEWS
UK Tour 24 April to 14 June 2015 • BOOK NOW
The Impro Chums are:
"They were quite marvellous
...an evening of extraordinary intellectual brilliance"
Paul Merton, one of the UK's best-loved performers, and his world renowned Impro Chums: Mike McShane, Lee Simpson, Richard Vranch and Suki Webster will create a new and unique comedy show, based entirely on suggestions from the audience, their own finely honed improvisational skills and an almost manic compulsion to show off.
"You could see this every night and never tire of it...they continue to be the finest exponents of the improv art"
***** Daily Mirror
"Merton's Chums are some of the most seasoned performers in this field and know just how to work the games, the suggestions and the audience for maximum effect...Pure hilarity"
******British Theatre Guide
*4 performers will join Paul on each performance.
Paul Merton appears with
THE COMEDY STORE PLAYERS
Sundays at The Comedy Store London • BOOK
Comedy Store Players are:
Josie Lawrence • Paul Merton • Neil Mullarkey
Lee Simpson • Andy Smart • Richard Vranch.
"A bottomless supply of surreal sketches, dramatic vignettes and almost tuneful operettas ... a must for anyone with a pulse and a sense of humour!"
"The best ad-lib ensemble in the UK."
- London Evening Standard
"These are masters of their craft and there wasn't a dull moment. Terrific fun."
- Manchester Evening News
"The troupe more than lives up to its hallowed reputation...the livewire skill underpinning all that wanton spontaneity quite takes your breath away."
- Dominic Cavendish, Daily Telegraph.
"Witty, silly, satirical, occasionally ludicrous, ultimately crowd-pleasing"
"What happens when a bunch of the world's most hilarious comedians come to town? Uproar, of course."
- Banglore Times
"Comedy Store Players: A supportive crowd wills on six brave performers who arrive with no script and not the faintest idea of what will happen. Through improvisation they create whole sketches and comic dramas that are amazingly inventive and sometimes take off into flights of surreal brilliance.
'Whose Line Is it Anyway' is a pale TV imitation."
- Daily Telegraph
Paul Merton on Early British Comedy
In the first of a new series from the British Film Institute, comedian Paul Merton introduces an interactive guide to early film comedy in Britain. Join Paul as he takes you through a fascinating and sometimes bizarre world of 4-year-old boxing champions, human flies, pantomime-horse races and giant possessed fish, and explores the roots of today's distinctively British humour.
A new and exciting improvised comedy show devised by Suki Webster where some of the
finest improvisers will perform solo! High-risk comedy as our
intrepid performers stand-alone and spontaneously make-up a
speech based on a topic suggested by you the audience.
Monday 9 February:
Marcus Brigstocke – Mike McShane – Lee Simpson – Suki Webster
Monday 23 February:
Mike McShane – Ruth Bratt – Richard Vranch - Suki Webster
Monday 9 March:
Paul Merton – Richard Vranch – Lee Simpson – Suki Webster
Monday 23 March:
Paul Merton – Cariad Lloyd – Lee Simpson – Suki Webster
At Hoopla Comedy Club, The Miller pub,
96 Snowsfields, London Bridge, London SE1 3SS
Show 8pm Tickets £7
For info & tickets: www.theguestspeaker.ticketsource.co.uk & www.hooplaimpro.com
'ONLY WHEN I LAUGH'
Paul Merton's autobiography
Paul recounts his journey from his working-class Fulham childhood to the present day.
'The book is fascinating' Ray Darcy RTE Radio|
'Thoughtful, understated memoir' The Guardian
'The book is witty and enjoyable' Robert Elms BBC Radio London
Whether writing about school days, his run-ins with the nuns and other pupils; his disastrous first confession; his meatpacking job; taking acid; leaving home to live in bedsit; his early brushes with the opposite sex - and not forgetting his repeated attempts to break into the world of comedy - Paul's writing is always funny, poignant and revealing.
And when his star finally ascends in the atmospherically drawn 1980s alternative cabaret scene there is a sense of excitement, energy, camaraderie, momentum and dramatic impending success.
And then crash... we experience the disorienting and terrifying sustained manic episode that he suffered which landed him in the Maudesley hospital. These, and other tougher moments, are written about candidly and with sensitivity and honesty.
An evocative and fascinating life story full of warmth, humour and a big bucket load of wit.
"Silent Comedy" a book by Paul Merton|
'An awestruck and knowledgeable introduction to Hollywood's earliest funsters ... lovingly researched, beautifully designed and gloriously illustrated' Telegraph
Buy "Silent Comedy" Paperback now from Amazon.co.uk
Paul Merton is represented by Mandy Ward Artist Management